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January 21, 2016
By Kim Silarski, Docomomo US/Michigan
 
As many of Detroit’s 1.8 million residents and their employers sprawled away from the city center in the early 1950s, the Motor City’s dominant downtown retailer, family-owned J.L. Hudson Company (known commonly as Hudson’s), did the same, albeit grudgingly. The region’s largest post-war development at the time, the modernist $30 million, two-million-square-foot Northland Center, opened in 1954. It was the brainchild of Austrian émigré architect Victor Gruen (b. 1903, d. 1980), the “father of the shopping mall” who convinced Hudson’s to follow its customers to the suburbs of Detroit, then the nation’s fifth largest city. Northland and its three sister “directional” malls initially thrived and expanded, but all suffered modifications, modernization, and additions that disguised their modernist bones over time.
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 Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Michigan will launch the 2016 National Symposium Beyond Modernism? Moving the Recent Past Forward. The two-day symposium will look at the diverging design and theory of the late 1970 and early 1980s through examining its leading architects and designers and their iconic architectural contributions. Beyond Modernism seeks to broaden the discussion and expand our understanding of how those examples fit into the discourse of modernism.

Image courtesy of: General Motors, LLC Media Archives
Thursday, June 9, 2016 3:30PM
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January 11, 2016

Docomomo US has recently learned Kevin Roche’s distinctive and beloved late-modern interiors for the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby are in the processing of being closed by its operators and now pending demolition. Located today in what is called ONE UN New York Hotel, the spaces are remarkably intact and highly acclaimed examples of New York City Late Modernism. In an effort to preserve these spaces, Docomomo US filed a Request for Evaluation (RFE) last week to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to designate the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby a New York City Interior Landmark.

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SELECTIONS FROM THE REGISTER
Citigroup Center
August 17, 2012
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U.S. Embassy in New Delhi
November 24, 2015
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Docomomo Ireland Hosts Conference

Docomomo Ireland will host a one-day conference on Wednesday, November 10th entitled:

What shall we do with the Modern Movement?

The conference will feature some of Ireland's and Europe's leading experts about contemporary best practice in relation to the inventorying, protection, management, reinterpretation, repair and conservation of modern 20th century architecture. The event will explore the significance of Ireland's Modern Movement heritage in a unique event intended to feed into the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage survey of Dublin, beginning in 2011.

Pre-registration is required.

The Architecture of Harry Weese

On Tuesday, October 26, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts will host a free lecture celebrating the release of The Architecture of Harry Weese, a new book by Robert Bruegmann and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. The public is invited to experience the architecture of Harry Weese firsthand by joining Bruegmann for a lecture on the architect’s legacy in one of his most important buildings, the Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. Built in 1968, the church is a consummate example of the architect’s pioneering style and his significant contributions to Chicago’s architectural history. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

 

SAVE THE DATE: TOUR DAY 2010!

The fourth Annual DOCOMOMO US Tour Day is upon us! Join DOCOMOMO US, our regional chapters and local
preservation organizations for  more than twenty modern
architecture tours throughout the United States.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Click here for the schedule and additional information.

Call for Papers: 1960 Rome Olympics

A multi-disciplinary conference hosted by the American Academy in Rome from 30 September-2 October 2010 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics. The conference focuses on these Games as a cultural turning point, with a significance—for Italy, the United States, the Soviet Union, and many other countries—that far transcends the actual sporting events, where the level of competition was unusually high.

Docomomo U.S. Board meets in Boston

On the weekend of April 16th, the Docomomo U.S. Board convened for its annual “face-to-face” meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The gathering was organized by members of the New England Chapter and meetings were hosted in the Cambridge office of Bruner-Cott & Associates. The 2-day session focused on a review of the U.S. organization’s operational mission and strategies.

Architect John 'Jack' Warnecke, 1919-2010

Renowned architect John Carl “Jack” Warnecke died on April 17 at his home in Sonoma County, California at age 91.

Warnecke led one of the largest architectural firms in the nation — John Carl Warnecke and Associates - and produced designs for the Hawaii statehouse, embassies in Washington and abroad, structures at the U.S. Naval Academy, international airports and major universities. Warnecke was also responsible for designing the John F. Kennedy gravesite memorial at Arlington Cemetery.

Read his obituary here in the Press Democrat.

Modernist Architecture Comes of Age

 

 
Join the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program for a day-long symposium exploring the preservation of historic modernist buildings and how to rehabilitate them to be sustainable and functional in the 21st century. DOCOMOMO US President Theo Prudon will be a featured speaker at the event.
 
Registration Fee: $100
For more information click here for a PDF.
Register online: www.uvm.edu/~modern
 

 

Federal Court Halts Demolition of Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama Center

A federal court has halted the National Park Service plan to demolish the 1961 Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander designed Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg.

In a comprehensive ruling, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld a challenge filed by the Recent Past Preservation Network, Christine Madrid French and Dion Neutra. The court held that the U.S. National Park Service failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before deciding to tear down the historic building, and ordered the agency to consider alternatives to demolition.

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